Ellenboro, W.Va. – Another Ritchie County athlete has signed a Letter of Intent to extend an athletic career at the next level.

On Thursday, March 24, Olivia Cress inked her choice of West Virginia University and competing as a member of the Lady Mountaineer Track & Field team.

The Lady Rebel senior will participate in the high jump event and has received a scholarship to do so.

“WVU has always been a team that I cheered for.  It’s always been a goal of mine to go to school there, and now I’m able to compete in sports on top of that!” remarked Cress.

She a member of the RCHS National Honor Society.

Cress has been a member of the cross country, volleyball, basketball, and track and field teams throughout her years as a Lady Rebel.

She has also received many athletic awards, being named Second-Team All-State team captain in volleyball, All-Little Kanawha Conference in cross country twice, All-LKC in track two times, and boasts seven state championships in the Class A state track meet – three during her freshman year and four in 2021. 

Cress was recently named All-American at the New Balance indoor national track meet. 

“This title doesn’t mean much to others, but it means a lot to me because it had always been a goal of mine, ever since I learned my father was an All-American in his time,” said Cress.

One of her favorite memories at Ritchie County High School is competing in the state track meet with her friends and family being there to watch and support her. 

“This school has an amazing community as its support system and it’s been an honor to be called a Lady Rebel,” said Cress.

Upon graduating from RCHS, Cress plans to study nursing upon entering college. 

She is the daughter of Chris and Shannon Cress.